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Texas Health Fort Worth Celebrates Construction Milestone, Naming of Emergency Care Center
06/04/2013

Texas Health Resources Foundation Board Chairman Philip Moroneso speaks at the topping out ceremony.
Texas Health Resources Foundation Board Chairman Philip Moroneso speaks at the topping out ceremony.
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Texas Health Fort Worth announced plans to name the 75,000 square-foot facility the Marion Emergency Care Center.
Texas Health Fort Worth announced plans to name the 75,000 square-foot facility the Marion Emergency Care Center.
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Texas Health Fort Worth President Lillie Biggins signs a beam that will be placed in the Marion Emergency Care Center.
Texas Health Fort Worth President Lillie Biggins signs a beam that will be placed in the Marion Emergency Care Center.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth administrators celebrated a milestone in the construction of the new $57.7 million emergency care center today with a tree topping out ceremony.

One of building construction’s oldest customs, a tree topping out ceremony is celebrated when the last beam of the building’s framework is put into place. A tree is placed at the top of the building to represent growth and good luck for the future.

The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, planned for completion in January 2014, will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient capacity from 63 to 90 beds.

“Our new emergency care center is the culmination of years of soliciting input from multiple city- and county-wide organizations in order to best create a facility that responds to the needs of our community,” said Dr. John Geesbreght, the hospital’s medical director of emergency services. “I believe Texas Health Fort Worth has done just that.”

In addition to the celebration of construction progress, the Texas Health Resources Foundation announced and recognized lead donors to the project during the ceremony. Community gifts and pledges have already exceeded $13 million in support of the center’s $57 million budget.

“Philanthropy has been important to the development of this incredible campus over the past 80-plus years,” said Texas Health Resources Foundation Board Chairman Philip Moroneso. “Support for this project has been particularly outstanding, which reflects that there is broad understanding of how important a new Emergency Department will be to the community.”

Texas Health Resources Foundation President Jay McAuley said $20 million or more will be secured toward the project before its scheduled opening in January 2014.

Special recognition was offered to The Burnett Foundation of Fort Worth for committing the lead gift to the project. To recognize the gift, Texas Health Fort Worth announced plans to name the 75,000 square-foot facility the Marion Emergency Care Center. The naming honors Burnett Foundation President and Trustee Anne Marion.

In addition to recognition of The Burnett Foundation, thanks were expressed to other lead donors whose support has been critical to funding progress. Those included: Texas Medicine Resources, LLP; the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Auxiliary; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Preston M. Geren family; and Crystelle Waggoner Trust, Bank of America.

For more information on the Marion Emergency Care Center, visit TexasHealth.org/FWTrauma.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources Foundation
Texas Health Resources Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of Texas Health Resources. The Foundation raises funds that support clinical, educational and research programs across the Texas Health system. Together with generous supporters, the Foundation fulfills a critical role in continuing the mission of Texas Health to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. For more information about Texas Health Resources Foundation, visit TexasHealth.org/Giving.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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